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Recent Buyer Review – Simon Welsh on 1st May “Found my ideal 90’s sports car on Trade Classics. Living in Bournemouth and the car being in the Midlands I relied heavily on the advert, photos and videos.
On picking the car up I wasn’t disappointed. Everything was as it had been described. So I got straight into it and drove home. What a drive put a smile on my face.
Thanks very much Trade Classics and I’m now looking out for my next classic to add to the collection.”.
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The MGA is a fabulous British sports car that was produced by MG (Morris Garages) from 1955 to 1962.
It was considered a design breakthrough from the earlier MG’s and was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1955.
Interestingly most cars were exported with only 5,869 sold in the UK; this was the lowest percentage of any British car.
Being a 1959 model this car is fitted with the original 1500cc four cylinder engine with a four speed manual gearbox.
As you know, here at Trade Classics we are very particular on reporting the condition of our vehicles, this is to give you, the buyer, total confidence in your bid. Well in this case, when we say concours, we absolutely and positively mean concours. In fact we don’t think you’ll find a better example in the UK today.
This MGA Roadster belongs to a new friend of us here at Trade Classics; his name is Eamonn and he bought this little MGA from us last year.
Eamonn has used and enjoyed the car for over a year and now wants us to help find a new home as he wants to use the proceeds to fund a project.
The paint on this car is beautiful and finished in Dove Grey. The restoration is exceptional as the entire car has been painted and there is no trace of the original colour that was Old English White.
Wheels & Tyres
16in wire wheels are fitted, including the spare, and wrapped in period correct Dunlop SP20 crossply tyres. There are no signs of uneven wear.
All panels are free from dents and the shut-lines across the entire car look visibly correct and both doors close evenly.
The paint is in excellent visible condition. The only slight imperfections we found were as follows: a slight hairline crack in the paint on the passenger side lower part of the rear wing and slightly uneven paint on the inside lip on the lower part of the driver’s door. Please see the images and videos to see the excellent condition of the bodywork.
Glass and Trim
Glass and trim are all in good order. The plastic side windows have slight discoloration as to be expected with their age. A new hood has also been fitted and is in excellent condition.
The attention to detail achieved in this restoration is exceptional meaning the interior is a beautiful place to be.
Seats and Carpets
All in excellent condition and looking factory fresh.
All gauges are in excellent working condition.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Both are in excellent condition. The steering wheel is original and it’s assumed the gear knob has been replaced during the restoration.
Last year we couldn’t take the vehicle out for a dive at the time of our visit as the V5 application was still in progress. However, we did drive it around the courtyard. Eamonn now informs us the car drives perfectly as you’d expect from such a thorough and meticulous restoration.
Engine and Gearbox
The car started fine from cold (see video) and idled correctly both on and off choke. The clutch felt good with a strong biting point at about half way of travel. There were no issues selecting any gear (including reserve) either hot or cold. The engine was rebuilt including a new cam shaft, timing chain, exhaust manifold, oil pump, SU carburetors, and fuel lines. A new radiator, hoses, wiring harness, and engine mounts were fitted along with a stainless steel exhaust system. The four-speed manual transmission and differential were also rebuilt with a new clutch, synchro, and resurfaced flywheel.
Suspension and Brakes
Not testing during our previous visit, however, Eamonn confirms both areas perform faultlessly and said the front and rear suspension was refreshed with new rear leaf springs. Brake components including the wheel bearings, lines, and cylinders were replaced too.
Not testing during our previous visit; Eamonn also confirms the car drives and performs perfectly.
Electrics and Other
No issues apart from the fuel gauge gives the incorrect reading – it flickers between 0 and 1/4. Eamonn was going to have it looked at but didn’t get around to it.
A total of 8,405 miles are shown on the odometer and believed to be reset / correct from the completion of restoration in 2007.
Eamonn has completed nearly 1,000 trouble free miles over the year.
There is a large history file of receipts that were collected as part of the restoration from 2002 to 2007 – please take a look at the media file to see full details. The vehicle also comes complete with the Heritage Trust certificate.
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Cars don’t come around in this condition every day and as a good friend of mine once said ‘buy mint and you’ll never be skint’. I think that saying certainly applies to this car and paying a slight premium to have what looks and drives like a new MGA in your garage feels like a good investment opportunity.
So there you have it, a ‘proper’ British sports car with sound investment potential; what’s not to love.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Eamonn (owner and seller of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Eamonn will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.